Collective sigh

This evening when we went out to get a bite, we saw a notice posted at the basement car park lift lobby. I absent mindedly thought it was the old en-bloc attempt notice, but eagle-eyed Naomi saw that it was freshly photocopied A4, and took a further interest in reading it.

We didn’t have to read much other than this:


It seems enough of the hitherto dissenting owners finally caved, given the possible cooling off of the property market.

It’s a real pity because Naomi and I really, really, really like this apartment we’re renting, and we’ll be sad when we move out, because they’re gonna build one of those huge monstrosities with thousands of people living under the same roof (or two, depending on how many huge monstrous blocks they can fit into this lot).

There’s a sliver of hope yet, as the new en-bloc regulations (which came into effect last month) allow for a cooling off period of five days, so that owners can still change their minds about their consent.

Serves me right for making en-bloc jokes. I’m sorry ok? Please change your minds. Don’t sell!

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Halloween en blocked

Pollinated Jake

No, the yellow stains on Jake wasn’t because we were dressing him up for tricks or treats. Neither did he soil himself.

The stains are from him brushing up against pollen from a bouquet of lilies. So, if you buy a bunch of these flowers and put them in a vase because you think they look and smell nice, it’s useful to remove the whatsits that hold the pollen, even if you don’t have a cat that tries to spread the stuff all over himself and the house.

As far as Halloween is concerned, no-one turned up at our door this year, even after we took the trouble of fixing the doorbell and buying a bunch of candy (ok, one bag) from the supermarket. I dunno. Maybe the kids are taking a leaf out of adults’ blaming en-bloc for everything: “Haiyah, en bloc already lah, you think they’ll fix the lift?”; “Haiyah, en bloc already lah, you think they’ll have candy for trick or treat?”

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